Rio’s Carnival goes political, and a little-known samba school ignites a firestorm

RIO DE JANEIRO — With Brazil’s president portrayed as a “neoliberal vampire” and dancers dressed as shackled slaves and downtrodden street vendors, a scrappy samba school brought politics to the heart of Rio’s glamorous Carnival parade, posing the sensitive question of whether slavery still exists in the country and setting off a firestorm of praise and criticism.

Iran says fog caused a plane crash that may have killed 65. That might not be the whole story.

A plane crashed into an Iranian mountain Sunday, and all 65 people on board were reportedly killed. While the government says the 25-year-old turboprop lost its way in thick clouds, some suspect that it malfunctioned — a chronic problem in a country with an air fleet that is decrepit after decades of international sanctions. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72 took off from Tehran with 59 passengers, two pilots,

The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments

A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election: The Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-sponsored “troll factory” in St. Petersburg. But much of the information Mueller published on Friday about the agency’s efforts to influence

A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’

The indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of 13 Russians associated with a St. Petersburg online “troll factory” that allegedly interfered with the U.S. election has brought a sense of vindication to the handful of former employees who have already been speaking out about what they witnessed. One of them, 43-year-old Marat Mindiyarov, a

Mexicans survived an earthquake. Then a government helicopter killed 13 on the ground.

A government helicopter, carrying officials surveying damage from an earthquake, crashed in southern Mexico on Friday evening, killing at least 13 men, women and children. The accident horrified and angered people in Mexico, which had seemed to escape the worst after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the state of Oaxaca earlier in the day. Unlike last year's deadly quake near Mexico City, this temblor caused little more

‘I would be considered criminal for saying this’: Son of Holocaust survivors confronts Polish leader over complicity bill

MUNICH — Throughout the years, the annual Munich Security Conference has seen its fair share of encounters between representatives of nations who usually refrain from speaking to each other. After weeks of international debate over a controversial Holocaust complicity bill, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Saturday became the latest world leader forced to unexpectedly explain himself on the

The rise of ‘Putin’s chef’ Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the Russian accused of manipulating the U.S. election

The Justice Department’s special council Friday indicted a group of Russian Internet trolls with a years-long scheme to illegally meddle with the 2016 presidential election, by using social media to bolster then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s chance at winning and hurt that of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Among the 13 Russians charged is Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, an oligarch and financial backer of the troll

Australia’s two most senior leaders are now at war over an office affair

Australia's government is in a battle with itself this week after the country's deputy prime minister refused to quit over an affair with a staff member and suggested that his coalition partner boss — Australia's prime minister — was “inept” in his handling of the scandal. The unusual public split between Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and

Australian government ministers can no longer have sexual relationships with staffers

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered a ban on sexual relationships between government ministers and their staffers amid a scandal surrounding his deputy. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce made headlines in Australia last week when it became known that he had an extramarital affair with a press secretary, who is now his partner and pregnant with their child.

South Africa’s Zuma is out. Will things actually get better?

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. South African President Jacob Zuma gave something of a Valentine's Day gift to his critics: After grimly clinging to power for weeks as his own

Germany considers to fight pollution with free public transportation

BERLIN — When the discussion turns to the rising costs of living in many global cities, one factor rarely goes unmentioned: public transport fees. New Yorkers only spend about $116.50 per month on average, compared with up to $200 in London. Some Germans, however, might soon have to spend a whooping $0. The country of parental leave, short workweeks

The U.S.’s top spies issue a challenge to Trump’s agenda

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. On Tuesday, the top intelligence officials in the United States briefed senators on their annual assessments of the threats facing the country in the